Does anyone use a Capo on their bass?

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  1. kidgloves2

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    Are there any famous bass players that have used a capo on their bass? Or do any of you do it?

    Just curious
     
  2. waffle puzzle

    waffle puzzle space and time coordinator

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    If you or anyone else out there hasn't heard of Jeff Schmidt---he is a truly remarkable solo bassist----check out his myspace, I know he is a TBer, or at
    www.beautiful-bass.com (I think)

    he uses a capo sometimes, but I wouldn't call his bass playing traditional.....
     
  3. bassteban

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    Michael Manring- he has a section here.
     
  4. improvpwnd

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    Yup, both of them do and so do I. :)
     
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  6. funkalicious101

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    I do for one song I wrote. I put it on the 6th fret and strum chords using the E and A for drones.

    almost sounds tolerable
     
  7. RBradley

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    i do

    they are fun
     
  8. funkydanbass

    funkydanbass Supporting Member

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    Richard Bona uses one, sometimes partially capo'd too.
     
  9. m3t4lhed

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    martin mendez (opeth) used it for one song from the damnation album (windowpane). i dont
     
  10. Jublian

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    i used to use one when dr milk (My band) played kyuss covers.

    i chucked it on the first fret of my fiver and tadaa, c standard bass
     
  11. BellBottomBlues

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    I use a lot of of capo's. I like to clamp it on the 12th fret for a lot of songs.
     
  12. iamthebassman

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  13. badgrandad

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    I played at my church (Bass and Acoustic guitar) and for a while detuned to Eb to play all those songs that seemed to come up , then slap on the capo to play regular keyed tunes. It worked pretty well for the guitar, but I prefered just bringing the 5-string to cover the bass.
     
  14. Panda Licker

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    I forget what song exactly, but there was one where I would have bet 100$ mccartney was using one to drone a D while playing his hofner
     
  15. Fretless1!

    Fretless1!

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    No. Sounds like some of y'all play chords. Might help there. Otherwise, seems pretty useless.

    Somebody mentioned playing in Eb. I just play the flat keys on 5 string.

    I guess it might make some sense if you played everything in flat keys. Actually, it doesn't. At worst I'd tune to Eb like Nate Watts (Stevie Wonder). When a song came up in E, I'd just play it in F.
     
  16. danomite64

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    I've never had my bass refuse to pay back a loan, so I guess I'd have to say 'No'. But sometimes, when I'm learning a song my band's playing in a key but the recorded track is in a higher key, I do use that fret clamp thingie to play along with the track.




    :bag:
     
  17. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

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    Yep! Instant piccolo bass. :bassist:
     
  18. EddieG

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    The guy from Kasabian uses one, can't remember what songs though.
     
  19. lunarpollen

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    I use one on the first fret for one song my band does because for most of the song, it suits the tune... It jusrt makes sense to use it considering the notes I play. I don't *need* to use it but it makes this one tune about twice as easy to play and allows for certain drone and accent notes to be played...
     
  20. Shakey

    Shakey Vote for Pedro!!

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    I'm not opposed to the idea, but I have never used one.

    Never had the need...
     
  21. greeningep

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    I've seen a video of Peter Hook playing with New Order and he was using a capo.
     

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